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Community development support at BAVOBAVO Development Team

BAVO provides expert advice for community and voluntary groups and projects in Bridgend County Borough.

BAVO’s Development Officers provide ongoing support and advice to Trustees including drafting and amending governing documents, charity and company registration, developed policies and procedures (e.g. safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, equalities and diversity, health and safety), together with tailored support to groups in their development of both capital and revenue funding bids.

If you sometimes wish you had an expert on hand to sort things out for you, contact BAVO by downloading and completing our Development Assessment Form and sending it back to BAVO.

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Looking for funding for your project or organisation.. click on our new funding search platform for the third sector in Wales!

A new funding website Funding Wales,has been launched by Third Sector Support Wales to help third sector organisations find funding.

The site enables organisations to search hundreds of grant and loan opportunities from local, national and international sources.

To start searching for funding opportunities, visit 

In order to have the best chance of securing funding, you should also contact BAVO. 

We can provide dedicated support across a whole host of areas including sustainable funding, good governance and volunteering. Contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:

We also work with funders to make sure we have the latest information on their programmes and funding processes. You could also benefit from one-to-one advice from funders such as the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Coalfields Regeneration Trust – keep an eye on our website for details of our next funding surgeries.

If you decide to develop a project or make an application, as a member of BAVO we may also be able to help you:

  • think about ways to engage your community and develop your ideas;
  • proof read as a critical friend, your application.

Remember that grants are only one way to raise funds, and there are other methods to explore. BAVO has lots of resources available to help you get started and think about the best way for you. Take a look at the information section here  where you can find tips on the following:

  • Developing a Fundraising Strategy;
  • Grants – fit for funding;
  • Applying to funders;
  • Volunteer Time;
  • Fundraising Events;
  • Legacies;
  • Donations;
  • Procurement;
  • Tendering.

Charity Registration – did you know...?

...that if your group is solely for the benefit of the public and has annual income of over £5,000 per year, of whatever kind, and regardless of how it is spent, it MUST register as a charity?

BAVO staff can help your group to register as a charity, and even reduce the liability of your committee/board at the same time by helping you to register as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

If your group owns property or employs staff this could be the wisest choice of legal structure. BAVO staff will discuss the options with you and support you throughout the process, providing guidance and options that are in the best interests of your organisation.

An incorporated organisation has a legal identity of its own. In other words, it’s a corporate body that can legally act as a single entity. This means that it can own property, enter into contracts and employ people in its own name. On the other hand, an unincorporated organisation, remains a collection of individuals, and if it wants to own property and so forth, it must rely on individuals to do so on its behalf.

Incorporation also means the liability of the organisation to third parties is limited to the total amount of the members’ guarantees or share capital, depending on the nature of the organisation. This affords protection to those running the organisation and its members in most cases.

Further information can be found by visiting our website here  (click on 1.6 Charitable status).

Contact our Development Team to discuss whether your group needs to register and which legal status is right for your group, by calling BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E:

Managing community and voluntary groups isn’t always easy. You’re creative, enthusiastic and have a great vision. You may be working on a shoestring with voluntary managers and don’t have enough hours in the day.

Useful community development guidance handbooks

Good Governance: A code for the third sector in Wales >>

Faith and hope don’t run charities (Trustees do) >>

Charity Commission Trustee handbook >>

For further details on how our Development Officers can help you,
T: 01656 810400 or E: